Remove ‘Sindh’ from National anthem, then only we’ll sing it, declares Lucknow Madrassa!

Amid the ongoing shameful controversy around National Anthem, it seems we have touched a new low. The Lucknow Madarsa declared to not to allow singing of National Anthem because, and when asked about the reason, they demanded to remove the word ‘Sindh’ from it.

As per the given directive by Uttar Pradesh Government, Clerics, teachers and students of world renowned Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema celebrated the Independence Day with enthusiasm. After hoisting of the national flag at the top of the old building of Nadwa, teachers and students sang ‘Saare Jahan se Accha Hindustan Hamara’ followed by special prayers for the safety and prosperity of the country. However nobody sung National Anthem “Jan Gan Man”.

Nadwa Maulana Khalid Ghazipuri Nadwi, who is a cleric here explained that “It has been a tradition since 1947 to offer special prayers for the country after hoisting flag on the Independence day, It was followed this year as well,” said, a cleric.

When it was asked that why national anthem was not sung, he gave a very lame logic. He said that ‘Jan Gan Man…” has the word ‘Sindh’ which is now in Pakistan. We cannot pray for Pakistan. If government removes the word, we will sing it proudly,” he added.

Nadwa is not affiliated with the UP Madrassa Board which directed all madrassas to celebrate Independence Day and videograph it as an evidence. “Though we have not received any directions from the Board, we read in newspaper that government wants madrassas to keep evidence, hence we conducting photography and video recording of the events,” said Maulana Dr Saeedur Rehman Azmi, principal of the institution.

Expressing his displeasure, he further added that “We celebrate Independence every year but it is the first time that media has come to record the event, we have a group song team which practiced for months to sing Sare Jahan Se Achcha.”

At Nadwa, the three-hour program started at 8.30 am with hoisting of flag by the principal. Sweets were distributed as everyone greeted each other “Azaadi ka din mubaraq ho”. Some students were also seen recording events in their mobile phone cameras.

In their address, clerics spoke on the history of independence struggle and contribution of Muslim freedom fighters in the movement. It was followed rendering of patriotic poetry in Urdu by Maulana Raeesus Shakri.Ghazipuri told students that Nawab Sirajuddaula and Tipu Sultan were among first freedom fighters. Prominent freedom fighters associated with Nadwa include Maulana Shibli Nomani, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Maulana Allama Iqbal and Maulana Hasrat Mohani.

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Manish Sharma